The weather has been quite mixed over the last week and despite some mild and springlike intervals strong winds and heavy rains were very much in evidence. Anglers often had to fish through difficult conditions and catches across all branches of the sport were down.

Peter B wins Catch of the Week with this 9kg pike from the Grand Canal
Peter B wins Catch of the Week with this 9kg pike from the Grand Canal

Pike anglers enjoyed the best of what fishing was going. Although catches were dominated by jacks, an occasional double moved to the baits. On Lough Ramor a 14lb pike fell to a trolled plug and at Monasterevin a dead bait proved irresistible to one pike of 9kg.

The latest match in the coarse angling Float Only Winter League was fished in blustery, mild and dry conditions on the Finn River at Annies Bridge near Clones. Heavy rain overnight caused the river to rise a foot above normal levels and flat floats were required in some sections. Although the weights were low plenty of small fish were caught, mainly on the pole.

Since producing the first Kerry salmon of the season only a few kelts and spent trout have been taken on Lough Currane. At the River Drowes 2 salmon were taken over the weekend though none were caught since.

It looks like the blustery weather will continue and there are gale and small craft warnings in place today with West to Northwest winds reaching force 6 on coasts from Howth Head to Roches Point to Erris Head. Over the weekend the cold weather of the last couple of days look set to become colder still.

Tight lines especially in Ireland,

Paul Bourke
Angling Information Officer
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